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No controversy over Confederate statues in the Keys

August 21, 2017

In the wake of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend, Confederate statues have been taken down around the country, but it appears the controversy has not reached Key West and the...more

Pit bull advocates prove their dogs are lovable

August 21, 2017

NAPLES — Molly stood on a small blanket in a shopping cart. The small pup’s tail wagged at near the speed of light as everyone walking by gave her a smile and pat. No one showed worry...more

School Board to discuss Marathon field upgrades

August 21, 2017

The county school district on Tuesday is likely to walk away from litigation that has been ongoing between the district and one of the architectural firms that designed the new Horace...more

Starting over

August 21, 2017

Three new fishing boats now line the Vaca Key Marina and some 15,000 new wooden lobster traps have been built as the purveyors there have moved forward after a devastating fire.  The early...more

DNA used to nab accused SUV thief

August 20, 2017

STOCK ISLAND — A 31-year-old man accused of stealing a sport utility vehicle belonging to his girlfriend’s mother in 2016 was arrested Thursday after detectives used his DNA to identify him, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Ira Kawzinsky, 31, was charged with grand theft, burglary and criminal mischief. The...more

August 21, 2017

“In today’s editorial page is a letter from an annual visitor concerned about the population explosion of iguanas in the Keys. And while he should be, he should also be more informed of what they eat. He blames the iguanas for the fact he sees fewer land crabs, rabbits & birds. If he took the[...]

Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon & Big Pine News

Fire department hires teen for a day

August 16, 2017

KEY LARGO — It’s difficult to pick out which Key Largo firefighter was the Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient in the pictures — they were all smiling. The four firefighters on...more

Great American Eclipse: What to expect

August 16, 2017

MONROE COUNTY — The stars — or at least our local star and moon — will begin to align at 1:27 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. The moon will block most of the sun from sight, casting...more

Lands likely headed for conservation go before LPA

August 16, 2017

ISLAMORADA — The village’s Local Planning Agency was to take action earlier this week on two related ordinances that call for changes to land-use designations on 10 separate...more

No more meetings on park fees for guides

August 16, 2017

KEY LARGO — Local fishing guides showed up in large numbers at a community forum last week to voice their distaste for the new Everglades National Park entrance and boating fees being...more

Editorials

Iguanas taking over the Florida Keys

August 20, 2017

We visit the Keys for at least two weeks each year for the last 35 years. The iguanas used to be a quaint occasional sight. Today, they are ubiquitous, and obviously are wreaking havoc on the...more

New alliance formed to aid Lower Keys

August 20, 2017

The Lower Keys Alliance Inc., has been formed to give additional voice to the wishes and concerns of residents of the Torch Keys, Ramrod Key, Summerland Key, Cudjoe Key, Sugarloaf Key, and the...more

Public safety is a weighty issue

August 13, 2017

I am writing to express concerns regarding public safety and those individuals who have sworn to uphold it. Several years ago I had opportunity to ask Police Chief Donie Lee if there was a...more

Veterans Service assistant a jewel in the community

August 13, 2017

Seeking medical services for wounds they incurred in combat has brought many veterans to the desk of Xenia Leonteva, a staff assistant for our county’s extraordinary Veterans Service...more

Sports

Powerboat P1s racing in Islamorada

August 19, 2017

The final race of the 2017 Powerboat P1 SuperStock USA Series, presented by Mercury Racing, will take place just offshore in front of the Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina from 10 a.m. to 3...more

Scorpions pull out victory in final seconds against Conchs in high-scoring affair

August 19, 2017

KEY WEST – After going down by a pair of touchdowns to open its preseason classic, the Key West High football team proved it has offensive prowess to put up points in bunches, but so did...more

Hughes, Conchs hoping for positive preview

August 18, 2017

With numerous players shifting positions, including at quarterback, Key West High School football coach Johnny Hughes said he truly does not know what to expect from the Conchs tonight when they...more

Trader, MacKenzie, Wood and Mueller win monthly scramble

August 17, 2017

During the Lower Keys Golf Association’s monthly scramble it would be the team of Michael Trader, Rick MacKenzie, Frank Wood and Barb Mueller that took tops honors with the Low-Gross...more